The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Incremental Progress

While the end product may be less than overwhelming, some things are getting finished around the Devil Queen. My big projects for the week have mostly been landscaping.

Sorry, no pictures. Even with a flash, there isn't much to see at night in a thunderstorm. And, incase you've been lying in bed late into the night wondering about it, shoveling gravel is a lot more work than you might imagine. It's definitely worse than your average ditch digging or rock rolling.

I'm working on installing a small drain pipe under the walkway from the Devil Queen to the parking area. I've trenched and installed the drain, so now all I have to do is fill it in and complete the grave gravel path. I dumped six or seven wheelbarrows worth of gravel last night, but I figure I'm only 1/3 to 1/2 way finished. And, between other commitments and the weather, it may be Saturday or Sunday before I finish.

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Anonymous Kelli said...

I understand why no pictures this time, but when you do get around to it, I'm really eager to see your pictures of your improved drainage. I have a major drainage problem in my yard and I'm not very well prepared to deal with it.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

I completely understand shoving gravel. I had 14 tons of it delivered last year so I could replace my garage floor and resurface my driveway. There is still about 2 tons of it in a pile in the backyard. Good Luck!!

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Kate H. said...

" . . . all I have to do is fill it in and complete the grave path."

Hmmm . . . out digging at night, in a thunderstorm . . . your family are all accounted for, aren't they?


8:29 PM  
Blogger John said...

Kelli, I'll try to get some pictures up by next week. Really.

Kristy, thanks.

Kate, that's funny. One missing "l" can make a huge difference in meaning. And, yes, everyone is accounted for at the moment.

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting up the Donate button again! Awesome.

-- Janine

10:41 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Ah, wheelbarrows of gravel. Just the perfect thing for hiding dead bodies...

I mean dirt and drainage problems.

2:28 PM  
Blogger John said...

Janine, no, thank you.

Jennifer, really, is there any difference between two besides the jail term?

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